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MINISTERIAL RECORDS ;

OR

BRIEF ACCOUNTS

OP THE

GREAT PROGRESS OF RELIGION,

UNDER THE MINISTRY OF THOSE EMINENT, LEARNED,

AND PIOUS MINISTERS OF GOD,

The Rev. D. ROWLANDS, OF LLANGEITHO,
The Rev. W. WILLIAMS, OF PANT-Y-CELIN,

The Rev. D. JONES, OF LLANGAN.

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H. HUGHES, ST. MARTIN-LE-GRAND.

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Few exercises appear either more edifging or more delightful than those which employ the mind in tracing the operations of divine grace on the haman soul, especially in those more rare and remarkable instances in which whole districts have been visited with peculiar manifestations of the power of religion and the work of the Spirit.”-History of Revivals.

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3. M, MORRIS, PRINTER, BONGAT,

PRE FACE.

My profit and pleasure in composing this account of ROWLANDS have not been small. I was actuated to undertake it, from a belief that it might be useful to the public in general, and to the church of God in particular. I had the highest veneration, from my childhood, for the memory of Rowlands, of whom I had heard so much. I was led some years ago, from this high opinion of him, to make some enquiries respecting him; and was happy to meet with his sermons. I read them with great interest and edification. Finding they were very scarce, I intended publishing a new edition of them, with a brief account of his life. I collected, with this view, materials from various quarters, during the last eight years. My stock of information materially increased in time, by some exertion. I had communications from some relations of Rowlands on the subject; also from Sir J. B. Williams of Shrewsbury, Rev. Mr. Richards of Darowen, Rev. W. Jones of Llanfiangel genau 'r glyn, and the following ministers in the connexion, W. Williams and J. Hughes, London, E. Jones, Llangeitho, J. Parry, Chester. Mrs. Roberts, the widow of that late excellent minister, J. Roberts of Llangwm, and aunt of the Rev. Mr. Bowen, formerly of Gwainifor, furnished me with much matter for this object. I had considerable information from the History of the Welch Cal. vinistic Methodists, the History of Revivals, and from Mr. R. Jones of Roslann. The late pious and excellent Rev. E. Richards favoured me with an original letter of Rowlands, accompanying it with the following lines,—“Mr. E. Jones, and some friends at Llangeitho, exert themselves to the utmost to get all the information possible. Their resources, strange to say, are extremely scanty! But as soon

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